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Iran extends flights ban to UK over virus strain

Iranair Airbus A300
Iranair Airbus A300

Iran said on Sunday it has extended a ban on flights from and to the UK till January 19 over fear from the new coronavirus variant, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Abu Al-Qasim Jalali, an official with the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation, said the extension was taken upon a request from the Iranian Health Ministry.

Prior to the decision, the country's official carrier IranAir conducted flights between Tehran and London, but with the new instructions, all flights for all carriers, including the transit flights via the UK airports are suspended.

Last month, the UK announced the discovery of a new fast-spreading COVID-19 strain, pushing many countries to suspend flights with the UK.

From its part, the World Health Organisation asked European countries to redouble their health measures amid the new fast-spreading strain.

Read: Turkey bans Britons after detecting cases of coronavirus variant in travellers from UK

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